Friday, June 29, 2012
“The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.” Robert Cushing
Joshua was leading the Israelites across Jordan into Canaan. There they laid siege to Jericho. They marched around the city for seven days and on the seventh day, they blew the ram’s horn and they shouted! This war-cry collapsed the city walls and they completely captured the town.
We must have a game plan. Sometimes we have to “march around our Jericho” for a few days to focus on our plan to “storm the castle”. Then, when our courage is high, and we have laid the groundwork and done the needed preparation, we must “sound the trumpets” and “SHOUT”.
Your ‘shout’ might be going for your first run, taking your first dance lesson, attending a spiritual meeting, saying sorry to someone, or taking off the first pound on a diet. Your ‘shout’ might be telling your friends you are making a change. Or, just making the transformation and showing others your own “Jericho March” by your example.
How to lay siege to the city: Go in for a dance lesson and tell your coach you have decided to become a champion and you’re going to change your life. Decide to become a volunteer for an organization and give freely of your time and energy. Laying siege might be going to a weight loss doctor and then starting a running and gym curriculum.
Wow, we can make a change in our lives, but sometimes we have to storm a castle or cross a river. The old hymn says: “There is a river that flows from deep within… Come to this water, there is a vast supply…There is a river that never shall run dry.” My image of life’s rivers is that they are not obstacles to cross, but sources of life that never cease.
Storming the castle is TAKING ACTION and then with a SHOUT of TRIUMPH, taking and conquering our problems. Johannes Brahams’ “Song of Triumph” is an exciting choral work of solemn, but animated and exultant character punctuated with shouts of Hallelujah from dual choirs. I listen to this work over and over as I loudly declare my affirmations, and I always feel empowered and ready to conquer the day’s tasks! Go out and SHOUT and knock down the old walls that are holding you back.
Next week: Don’t Let It Change You!
David Earl Woodbury
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